Mary Drout, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"I believe our students will have significant impact  
in empowering individuals with disabilities." 
- Mary Drout, Ph.D.

"I believe our students will have significant impact
in empowering individuals with disabilities."
- Mary Drout, Ph.D.

Mary Drout, Ph.D.
Program Director,
M.A. in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling

I believe in creating an environment that fosters inquiry and critical thinking, and one in which students can fully engage in questioning, appreciate the complexity of ideas, and reconsider previously held beliefs. In disability studies, I think it is crucial for students to listen to and grow from hearing the perspectives of others, while simultaneously increasing appreciation for evidenced-based practices.

I pursued doctoral studies after working in disability management for more than 20 years. This allows me to further my lifelong interest in education; I now have the great fortune to teach subjects about which I passionately care. I draw upon my experiences, as well as those of my students, for examples that help make content relevant and from which we all can learn.

I find tremendous opportunity in the congruence of the mission and values of Adler University and efforts to enhance inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community and in the workforce. Adler University students care deeply about becoming socially responsible practitioners committed to social justice; I believe our students will have significant impact in empowering individuals with disabilities.

Please email or call me (312.662.4332) if you have questions or would like more information about me.


  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.S., Psychology, Sociology, Carroll University


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Professional Memberships

  • National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
  • National Rehabilitation Association
  • National Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Select Publications

  • Berven, N. L. & Drout, M.  (2011). Assessment. In D. R. Maki & V. Tarvydas (Eds.), Handbook of rehabilitation counseling. New York: Springer.
  • Chan, F., Keegan, J., Sung, C., Drout, M., Pai, C.H., Anderson, E., & McLain, N. (2009). The World Health Organization ICF model as a framework for assessing vocational rehabilitation outcomes. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 33, (2), 91-112.
  • Gervey, R., Drout, M., & Wang, C. (2009).  Debate in the classroom: An evaluation of a critical thinking teaching technique within a rehabilitation counseling course. Rehabilitation Education, 23, (1), 61-74.

Select Presentations

  • Drout, M. & Szymanski-Sinn, T.  Workers compensation and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.  National Rehabilitation Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 2010.
  • Gervey, R., Drout, M, & Wang, C. Use of debate in a Foundation of Rehabilitation class to enhance critical thinking skills. National Rehabilitation Educators Conference, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2009.
  • Gervey, R. & Drout, M. Collaborative group work: How students feel about the process.  DoIT - Academic Technology/Engage Group, Madison, Wisconsin, February, 2009. 
  • Drout, M. Vocational judgment and decision making in loss of earning capacity. Wisconsin Association of Workers Compensation Attorneys Annual Meeting, Middleton, Wisconsin, July, 2008.
  • Drout, M. Integrated disability management.  Wisconsin Occupational Health Nurses Association Annual Meeting, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, November, 2001.